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December 7, 2014 at 9:34 AM

Scouting report: No. 13 San Diego State

Scouting report: No. 13 San Diego State.
Game info: 6 p.m. Sunday at Alaska Airlines Arena (10,000).

TV: Pac-12 Networks (Kevin Calabro and Lamar Hurd).
Radio: KOMO 1000 AM and FM 97.7 (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton).

Record: 6-1.
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Game notes: San Diego State and Washington.

Coach: Steve Fisher was at the top of the college basketball world in 1991 when he assembled the most talented group of freshmen in NCAA history at Michigan. They called themselves the Fab Five and advanced to the NCAA tournament championship games in 1991 and ’92. Fisher’s teams made three more NCAA tourney appearance, but he was fired following an off-court scandal with a booster. He landed at San Diego State where he built another powerhouse. In 16 years he has a 318-177 record with the Aztecs, including an appearance in the NCAA tournament in the past five years. His overall record is 502-259 in 24 years. Fisher, 69, agreed to a three-year contract extension that will keep him at San Diego State through the 2017-18 season.

Prediction: Picked to finish first in the 11-team Mountain West preseason media poll.

Series: Washington leads 2-1 in a series that began Dec. 27, 2003.
Last meeting: San Diego State won 70-63 on Dec. 8, 2013 at Viejas Arena (highlights above). Washington led 31-20 at halftime when the Aztecs opened the second half with a 17-2 run to take control. The Huskies pulled within 65-63 on a three-pointer by Nigel Williams-Goss with 29 seconds remaining, but SDSU sank two free throws to preserve the advantage. C.J. Wilcox led UW (4-4) with 17 points and Williams-Goss added 14.

Previous game: Dwayne Polee II scored 14 points and JJ O’Brien had 13 for the Aztecs, who beat San Diego 57-48 last Thursday for their ninth straight victory in the city rivalry.

Winston Shepard

Winston Shepard

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

Winston Shepard, a 6-foot-8, 225-pound junior forward, is the Aztecs’ top returning scorer in Mountain West play from a year ago. He started all 18 conference games in 2013-14, averaging 12.2 points while ranking 19th in the league with 5.4 rebounds per game. The Houston, Texas, product shot 43.5 percent (74-of-170) from the field, while also tallying 39 assists, 13 steals and six blocked shots in league action. He amassed 14 double-figure scoring performances against conference opponents and grabbed five or more rebounds in 12 of the 18 games. Shepard is one of 50 players on the preseason Naismith Trophy watch list.

Dwayne Polee II, a Los Angeles, California, product, won the 2013-14 Mountain West Sixth Man of the Year award after contributing 6.7 points and 2.9 rebounds per game off the bench for the Aztecs in conference action. The 6-foot-7, 195-pound senior forward, played in all 18 MW contests last season, averaging 16.9 minutes per contest. He shot 42.6 percent (43-of-101) from the field in those games, including 30.2 percent (13-of-43) from 3-point range, while also tallying 23 steals, 10 blocks and nine assists.

Angelo Chol, a junior from San Diego, sat out the 2013-14 season after transferring from Arizona. As a sophomore, he was part of a 27-8 Wildcat squad that advanced to the Sweet 16 of the 2013 NCAA tournament. The 6-foot-9, 225-pound forward played in all 35 of Arizona’s games his freshman season, tallying a team-high 29 blocked shots in 2011-12.

OVERVIEW:

— Last season San Diego was ranked as high as No. 5 and finished 31-5 while advancing to the NCAA tournament Sweet 16.

— San Diego State has beaten 53 straight unranked, nonconference opponents, which is the second-longest streak in the nation to Ohio State’s 58 consecutive wins.

— The Aztecs rank in the top 20 nationally in scoring defense (55.3 points per game) and opponents’ field-goal percentage (35.1).

— San Diego State (6-1) ranks no better than 200th nationally in points per game (66.4), field-goal percentage (42.1) and free-throw percentage (62.9).

— The Aztecs, whose only defeat is a 61-59 loss to then-No. 3 Arizona in the Maui Invitational championship game Nov. 26, have shot worse than 40 percent form the field three times, including 37.3 in last Thursday’s 57-48 win over San Diego.

— In its past two games SDSU is shooting a horrid 26 of 51 from the free throw line. The Aztecs’ 13 of 24 performance against Arizona proved to be their undoing and their 13 of 27 performance against San Diego barely allowed them to hold on to a nine-point win. JJ O’Brien is the only Aztec shooting above 70 percent from the free-throw line.

— Junior forward Skyler Spencer set a school record with 89 blocked shots last season. He has 26 this season.

— SDSU will be without senior guard Aqeel Quinn, who had surgery to repair his left ring finger to repair a fracture and will miss a few weeks. Quinn averages 9.7 points and 3.2 rebounds per game.

— The Aztecs beat the Huskies in recruiting battles for freshman forward Zylan Cheatham and Chol.

— SDSU’s Dakarai Allen and D’Erryl Williams were teammates with Washington’s Darin Johnson at Sheldon High in Sacramento.

STARTING LINEUP:

Pos      Name                          Ht/Wt              Yr.      PPG    RPG   APG   FG%
F          Skyler Spencer          6-10/240         Jr.        3.4       4.4       0.7       52.9
F          Winston Shepard      6-8/210            Jr.       10.7     5.3       1.3       42.6
G         JJ O’Brien                  6-7/ 215           Jr.        9.6       6.1       2.3       45.1
G         Dwayne Polee II       6-7/200            Sr.      10.1     3.3       1.4       36.1
G         Trey Kell                 6-4/215           Fr.        8.9       3.7       1.4       52.9

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